Hispanic Bar Association Newsletter
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Boletín del Hispanic Bar Association
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July 25, 2007

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PLC Volunteers for Justice Dinner
July 26th

The HBA has a couple seats left at its table for the Public Law Center's Annual Volunteers for Justice Dinner that will take place tomorrow evening (July 26th) at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine.  If you'd like to attend, please contact the HBA today at info@ochba.org or leave us a voice message at (949) 440-6700 ext. 253.
Wally Davis Scholarship Applications
Now Available!
This scholarship fund is sponsored by the Hispanic Bar Association and awards scholarships to Orange County Hispanic law students. The Fund was named in memory of Wally Davis, one of the first Hispanic attorneys in Orange County who fought for the civil rights of all Hispanics. Eligible students must be of Latino origin, have Latino community and school involvement.  In addition, students entering in their first year of law school must posses a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Priority will be given to students with significant ties to Orange County.
The HBA is offering the following scholarships:
  • Three General Law School Tuition Scholarships in the amount of $3,750 each
  • One BAR BRI Scholarship in the amount of $2,000
  • One 2008 Summer Externship Scholarship in the amount of  $1,750 at a legally related,
    OC based public interest non-profit organization (i.e. Public Law Center, Legal Aid, ACLU, etc.)

Applications must be postmarked by August 3, 2007, and mailed to the Hispanic Bar Association at P.O. Box 17777, Irvine, CA 92623-7777 Attn: ScholarshipDownload the application or visit our website for more information.

Santa Ana Citizenship Drive Needs Volunteers 
The Citizenship Fair held on Saturday, July 21, 2007, was a success, but many people remain to be helped.   The Centennial Education Center is continuing its Citizenship Drive this week - the last week before the application fee increases to $675!  Volunteers are needed.  The Centennial Education Center located at 2900 W. Edinger in Santa Ana is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. today and Thursday.  Come in for an hour, two or more.  Any amount of time volunteered is appreciated.

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!
As an HBA Member you get special access to our "Members Only" section of the HBA website.  Visit the HBA "Members Only" section for job listings, office space, and more!  Or download these announcements:

California Rural Legal Assistance Tardeada                                                            CRLA celebrates 41 Years of Advocacy honoring the Honorable Xavier Becerra, Executive Director of CHIRLA Angelica Salas, and Chicano Performance Troupe Culture Clash.  For more information contact Claire Rase at crase@crla.org or download the flyer.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2120 Fern Dell Place Los Angeles, CA
OC Human Relations Hate Crime Discussion 
Join the OC Human Relations and discuss the link between hate crimes and homophobia.  The OC Hate Crime Network explores personal and cultural heterosexism and its impact in our laws, law enforcement and hate crimes.  Speakers include: Eli Reyna, Director of Community Relations and Marketing for OC Human Relations; Dr. Kevin O'Grady, Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Orange County and Long Beach region; and Ginger Hahn, Executive Director for the Center Orange County.

August 16, 2007
10:00 AM
OC Human Relations
1300 S. Grand Bldg. B
Santa Ana, CA 92706
California Bar Foundation Seeks Applicants for its Board
California Bar Foundation Seeks Applicants for its Board
The California Bar Foundation is seeking applications for several positions on its board of directors for terms beginning Jan. 1. The deadline to apply is August 17, 2007.  Applicants may be attorneys, judges or members of the public who have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to the foundation's charitable mission; who have previous board, public or community service; or who are knowledgeable about charitable fundraising.  Board members serve two-year terms and are expected to attend approximately five board meetings per year in San Francisco or Los Angeles and participate on at least two committees, whose meetings usually are conducted by conference call.  For more information visit the web site at www.calbarfoundation.org.
Applicants must submit a resume and a statement of qualifications to: Leslie Hatamiya, Executive Director, California Bar Foundation, 180 Howard St., San Francisco CA 94105; 415-856-0788 (fax); lhatamiya@calbarfoundation.org.
Diversity Conference & Collegiate Diversity Job Fair
The Inaugural California Diversity and Leadership Conference will be one of California's most unique and exclusive diversity conferences and job fairs.  The conference takes place September 19-21, 2007, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.  Featured conference events include: law firm diversity summit, diversity in higher education summit, a law school diversity summit, and an exceptional job fair.  For more information visit www.californiadiversityconference.com or download the flyer.
Anaheim Hosts State Bar Meeting 
Jane Goodall, Eleanor Clift and author James Bradley will headline the State Bar Annual Meeting scheduled for Sept. 27-30 in Anaheim.  A new State Bar president and five new
members of the board of governors will be sworn in at the convention, which offers a low-cost opportunity for California attorneys to earn up to 20 MCLE credits in one weekend.  Members of Group 3, whose last names start with N-Z, must complete 25 hours of MCLE by Feb. 1.

The Bench Bar Biannual Conference will be held at the same time, bringing together judicial leaders from throughout the state to share their insights on issues affecting the justice system. Chief Justice Ronald M. George will deliver his State of the Judiciary address as well.

A full preview of meeting events is available at the State Bar website at www.calbar.org. Attendees may register and make hotel reservations online at that site. The deadline for early bird registration is Aug. 27.
Get Involved in the HBA: Join the 2008 HBA Dinner Committee! 
Have you wanted to get more involved in the HBA, but not sure how? Here is your chance.  Join the 2008 Dinner Committee.  The first meeting of the 2008 HBA Dinner Committee will be held in August.  Send us an e-mail at info@ochba.org and the 2008 Dinner Committee Chair will contact you.
HBA 29th Annual Installation Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner Video Available! 
Did you miss the HBA's 29th Annual Installation Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser where we recognized the trailblazers of Orange County's Latino community?  Well, here's your chance to catch a portion of the evening.  For a small donation you can now receive your very own copy of a DVD profiling one of the awardees of the evening or the Orange County Latino Trailblazers. 
In the spirit of the evening's theme - Rompiendo Barreras, Formando Caminos/Breaking Barriers, Blazing Paths - the HBA honored the Honorable Judge Frances Muñoz, the first Latina to be appointed to the bench in California, and Joseph L. Chairez, the first Latino to serve as President of the Orange County Bar Association in its over 100 year history. In addition, there was a special video tribute to other Orange County Latino trailblazers, including:

Alex Maldonado, one of the founders of the first LULAC in Orange County
lola Gallardo, the first Latina police "matron" in Orange County Joe O'Campo, the first Latino appointed as State Appraiser in Orange County
Hon. Loretta Sanchez, the first Latina elected to U.S. Congress in Orange County. 
To receive a copy of one of the above DVDs, please make your $15 donation payable to the Hispanic Bar Association/OCCF and mail to the Hispanic Bar Association, P.O. Box 17777, Irvine, CA 92623-7777.  Please be certain to identify which DVD you are ordering.  All proceeds will go to the Wallace (Wally) R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Also In This Issue
Wally Davis Scholarship Applications Available
Citizenship Drive Volunteers Needed
CRLA Tardeada
OCHR Hate Crime Discussion
California Bar Foundation Seeks Applicants
Diversity Conference & Collegiate Diversity Job Fair
State Bar Meeting In Anaheim
HBA Dinner Committee
Upcoming Events
GOLD Sponsor

Sheppard Mullin

SILVER Sponsors

Latham & Watkins LLP

Morrison Foerster

Wells Fargo

BRONZE Sponsors

Aitken, Aitken & Cohn

Alexander Polsky, Hon. Robert Thomas & JAMS

Adorno, Yoss, Alvarado  & Smith

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Chapman University


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jones Day

Loislaw-Wolters Kluwer

Merrill Lynch

Miguel's Restaurant

Narver Insurance

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Rutan & Tucker LLP

Snell & Wilmer LLP

Union Bank of California

University of California, Irvine


Save the Date For These Events!

July 26th - PLC Volunteers for Justice Dinner

August 10th - OCWLA's Summer Sizzle Lunch & Silent Auction

August 14th- Becoming a Judge: The Basics

August 29th - HBA End of Summer Mixer

September 20th - HBA "Bar Review"/de Barranda

September 27th -  First day of State Bar Annual Meeting

October 14th - HBA Annual Judges' BBQ

For more information on these events and others, download our Calendar or visit the HBA website at www.ochba.org.